• USCIS Notice that Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations
    USCIS offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. USCIS will continue to accept petitions and applications, except as noted.
  • The Contributions of New Americans in Texas
    4,497,584 Texas residents were born abroad, the 2nd largest immigrant population in the country. This report explores the impact immigration has on Texas and the role of immigrants in the broader workforce.
  • Coalition letter on Rescission of the International Entrepreneur Rule
    A broad cross-section of business leaders, investors, and organizations that are dedicated to promoting American entrepreneurship to create new jobs and bring new technological and scientific advancement to the United States, wrote a letter to the President strongly encouraging the President to not move forward with “Rescission of the International Entrepreneur Rule,” which would upend the ability of talented immigrant entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises and employ American workers in communities all across the United States.
  • How private prison companies are influencing  immigration policy
    Private prisons partner will U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to detain immigrants in facilities across the country.
  • USCIS Performance Data on L-1B Petitions  USCIS statistics on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker for Intracompany Transferee with Specialized Knowledge (L-1B) for FY2015-FY2018 (through 3/31/18), broken down by case status (received, approved, denied, or pending).
  • DHS OIG Highlights
    USCIS has unclear website information and unrealistic time goals for adjudicating green card applications.
  • Reduction in Legal Immigration
    Even as congress remains on sidelines, the Trump Administration slows legal immigration. Compare and contrast final full fiscal year of the Obama Administration and the start of the Trump Administration, FY 2016-18.
  • Narcos:Transnational Cartels and Border Security
    ICE Statement of Janice Ayala, Director Joint Task Force for Investigations (JTF-I) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Regarding a Hearing On “Narcos: Transnational Cartels and Border Security” Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary  Subcommittee on Border  Security and Immigration
  • NFAP Policy Brief > May 2018
    “Immigration, Unemployment and Labor Force Participation in the United States”
  • H-1B alternative OPT grew 400%
    Almost 1.5 million international graduates obtained authorization to remain and work in the US through the Optional Practical Training program between 2004 and 2016, with nearly 74% coming from Asia, a report by Pew Research Center has revealed.
  • Number of foreign college graduates  staying in U.S. to work climbed again in 2017, but growth has slowed
    According to Pew Research Center analysis of government data growth in STEM OPT is down considerably this year.
  • DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from Fourth Quarter of FY2018 DOL’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 9/30/18, including number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed. AILA Doc. No. 18101934
  • Immigrants in Texas
    As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of Texas’ diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.
  • Benefits of Immigration Outweigh the Costs
    Contributions immigrants make are an economic boost we cannot overlook. When immigrants enter the labor force, they increase the productive capacity of the economy and raise GDP. It’s a phenomenon dubbed the “immigration surplus,” and while a small share of additional GDP accrues to natives — typically 0.2 to 0.4 percent — it still amounts to $36 to $72 billion per year.
  • Immigration Applications Denial Rates Jump 37%
    Contributions New data from the USCIS show that denials have jumped significantly. The data for the first nine months of FY 2018 show that denials for all manner of immigration benefits–travel documents, work permits, green cards, worker petitions, etc.–increased 37% since FY2016.